Paris: widow of Thielman Kerver [Yolande Bonhomme], 19 June, 1525. The text starts with B5, which is December of the calendar. B5-8, C-R8, R8 being a blank. Printed on paper in black and red, in gothic letter. Text within elaborate metalcut architectural historiated borders. With forty-five large metalcut illustrations, with many additional small metalcut illustrations within the borders. Binding a bit rubbed and scuffed, but very good and sound. Many old ink annotations in the text. Armorial bookplate of Philliipe-Louis de Bordes de Fortage (1847-1924), a noted Bordeaux book collector and Secrétaire-général honoraire de l'Académie des sciences, Belles-Lettres et Arts de Bordeaux. His library was sold at auction in 1924-7. Despite its unfortunate incompleteness, this is a very attractive, clean copy, with many wonderful images. Nineteenth-century calf, rebacked, with old spine laid down. Octavo. 215 x 145 mm. 123 of 136 leaves, lacking the first thirteen leaves. Item #17150
A lovely printed Book of Hours, produced by Kerver’s widow, Yolande Bohomme (c. 1490-1557), who was one of a handful of important female book printers in Paris at this time. She is known to have been the first woman to publish the Bible. Her output is estimated to be between 136 and 200 publications, though it is difficult to be certain, as she often used her husband’s name on the colophon in her early books. Bonhomme joined another important female printed, Charlotte Guillard, to demand better quality paper from the papermakers' guild.
Bohatta, Livres d’Heures, 323. Lacombe 347. Brunet V, 1624, #198. OCLC lists three copies only—at the Morgan Library, Cambridge, and the State Library of Victoria in Australia. Roger Wieck included this in his influential exhibition catalogue, Painted Prayers, as Item #21 (Painted Prayers: The Book of Hours in Medieval and Renaissance Art., Braziller in association with the Morgan Library,1997).